Mobile news: what happened this week?

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It’s time for another exciting edition of mobile news at The Hub! This week, we’re investigating the rumours that Apple is working with LG to develop a foldable phone, the new rumours for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and how we’re expecting the Apple’s Touch ID to be dropped on 2018’s iPhones. We’re also giving you updates on the iPhone X launch and looking into how Android manufacturers are scrambling to catch up with Apple’s Face ID technology.

Apple working with LG on foldable phone

According to anonymous supply-chain sources in South Korea, LG has put together a special team to work on a foldable display for apple. It’s also rumoured that there is another team from LG’s parts division working on internal components.

It had previously been thought that Apple would work with Samsung on this, as Samsung is expected to release a foldable phone next year, but it may be that they don’t want to have too close a relationship with such a rival.

Unfortunately, the reports we’re hearing say that Apple’s foldable phone may not be ready until 2020.

iPhone X news and updates

With the commercial release of the iPhone X rapidly approaching interest in the iPhone X is only getting stronger. A new image has leaked of the commercial packaging, well ahead of the November 3rd launch date, giving us a glimpse of what you can expect when you upgrade.

iPhone x packaging

With a fantastic front facing camera capable of face mapping and face tracking, we have sky-high expectations for what apps we’ll be seeing on this phone. It will also support wireless charging and will have a Quad HD+ display with a 2436 x 1125 resolution.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to have huge 24MP camera

Samsung has revealed some of the new components going into the next generation Galaxy Note 9 and has revealed a hugely impressive 24-megapixel sensor. Not only this but they have revealed a new 12MP sensor that is slimmer than previous versions allowing them to potentially cut out the lens bulge of most modern high-end phones.

Samsung has also announced that they are close to solving the in-screen fingerprint scanning so we are expecting this tech to arrive in their 2018 phones.

iPhones to ditch Touch ID

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted that Apple will be ditching Touch ID from all its 2018 phones in favour of Face ID. Ming-Chi has a fantastic reputation for predicting what’s coming next for Apple, so much so that his predictions are treated as gospel for much of the industry.

This change would allow for Apple to move all their new phones to an all-screen design, like the iPhone X, and while Apple had been rumoured to be working on under-screen fingerprint scanning Kuo’s predictions suggests they are halting this research.

Android manufactures set to imitate Face ID

Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed that since the unveiling of the iPhone X interest in 3D facial recognition by manufacturers has increased threefold. This seems to indicate that Android manufacturers are scrambling to keep up with the new super-secure technology.

Given that this tech can not only be used for unlocking, but also for face-tracking animations for emoji and possible augmented reality features, it is not surprising that this is something manufacturers are desperate to catch up on.

That’s all for this week’s mobile news roundup. Check back in at The Hub next week for all of your mobile news updates and announcements!

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